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Getting from Zadar Airport to Novalja

Novalja is a beautiful city in Croatia, located in the north of the island of Pag. It’s a vibrant summer destination, famous for its sandy beaches, like Zrće, its clubs, and music festivals. If you want to combine stunning nature with partying, Novalja is the place to be.

If you’re going directly from Zadar Airport to Novalja there are two ways to do so. The most comfortable and fast option is to pre-book a Zadar airport taxi, which will cost around €135 (HRK 1.016) and will take 1 hour and 20 minutes. The second option to get from Zadar Airport to Novalja is by bus. The cost will be much lower, at €13.30 (HRK 100) per traveller, but you will have to take two buses and the journey will take 1 hour and 55 minutes, without taking into account the waiting time for each bus.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €135 120min 24/7
Bus €26.6 155min 10:15–20:00

How to get from Zadar Airport to Novalja by taxi

The fastest and most convenient transportation option to get from Zadar Airport to Novalja is by taking an airport taxi, especially if you’re travelling with a larger group. There are taxis available at the airport 24/7, so you don’t need to worry even if your flight arrives early in the morning or late at night.

Taxi fare from Zadar Airport to Novalja

Not all Zadar taxi companies charge the same fee for the route from Zadar airport to Novalja. Most taxi companies don’t calculate routes outside the city limits using a taximeter, as they’re taking into account the cost of the driver’s return to the city centre. The average price for airport transfers from Zadar to Novalja is around €135 (HRK 1.016) for a standard sedan vehicle. If you want to know the cost beforehand, it’s best to pre-book your taxi. Otherwise, make sure that you agree with the driver on the price before starting your journey and don’t hesitate to bargain.

Cost

€135 (HRK 1.016)

Trip Duration

1 h 20 min

There are no set taxi fares in Zadar so prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Zadar Airport

Where can I find a taxi at Zadar Airport?

You can easily find a taxi at the taxi stand which is located opposite the exit of the Zadar Airport International Arrivals. Simply head towards the front and take the first one in line.

Convenience

Even if it’s a bit costly, taking an airport taxi is the fastest and most comfortable way to get from Zadar Airport to Novalja, since there are no other direct transportation options. Especially if your flight arrives early in the morning or late at night, a taxi transfer from Zadar Airport to Novalja is your only option to reach your destination without having to wait hours for the bus or spend the night in Zadar.

Editor’s Note

Despite being the most expensive option, taking -or better yet pre-booking- a taxi will allow you to relax after your flight and take you directly at your final destination.

Useful Tips

Make sure to agree on a price with the driver before starting your trip to Novalja.
Most Zadar taxi providers accept card payments at no extra cost but make sure to ask before starting your trip if you don't have any currency in cash.
In Zadar, tipping taxi drivers is not expected but you can round up your bill if you were happy with the service.

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Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Zadar. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Drivers are always on time

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Prices

DAYTIME
€120.0
NIGHTTIME
€144.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Zadar Airport to Novalja by bus

There’s no direct bus line from Zadar Airport to Novalja. You’ll need to either take the airport bus or a taxi to get from Zadar Airport to the city centre. Once you reach the Central Bus Station you can take a bus directly to Novalja. The trip by bus is the cheapest option, with a single ticket at €13.30 (HRK 100), however, it’s also the slowest and certainly not the most convenient.

How much does the bus from Zadar Airport to Novalja cost?

To get from Zadar Airport to Novalja by bus you’ll need to take two different buses. The journey from Zadar Airport to the city centre costs €3.30 (HRK 25). The second part of the journey is from Zadar Central Bus Station to Novalja and costs €10 (HRK 75) so for the whole trip the total cost will be €13.30 (HRK 100) per traveller.

Cost

€13.30 (HRK 100)

Trip Duration

1 h 55 min

The trip duration doesn't include possible waiting time between the two trips.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The airport bus runs from 05:00 to 00:00 and the bus from the Central Bus Station to Novalja from 10:15 to 20:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

At the airport it’s very easy to locate the airport bus; it will be parked on the right side when exiting the terminal. For the second part of your trip, the departure will be from Zadar Central Bus Station so you’ll need to locate where the bus is parked according to the bus company you booked with.

Convenience

Even though the cost of getting from Zadar Airport to Novalja by bus is very low compared to that of a taxi, you still need to consider how long you might have to wait for each bus. Especially during high season, departures might be delayed, forcing you to change your entire schedule.

Editor’s Note

It might seem a bit stressful having to take two different buses but if you're a solo traveler this is by far the cheapest option to reach Novalja. Just make sure to check that your flight arrives in time to catch both buses.

Useful Tips

Make sure to take into consideration the time needed to get from Zadar Airport to the Central Bus Station in Zadar.
It's important to note that bus departures may be delayed unexpectedly due to heavy traffic during the peak summer season.
You might need to take a different bus company for the second part of your trip than the one you took from the airport.
You can book your ticket online and upon entering the bus you can show the QR code; there's no need for printed ticket.
Some routes from Zadar to Novalja aren't direct and the bus might make stops in Pag (town), Simuni, Brisevo and Poljica, increasing the trip duration.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Zadar airport to Novalja?

There are two ways to get from Zadar Airport to Novalja. The fastest but more pricey option is to take an airport taxi that can take you directly to your final destination in about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can choose to reach Novalja by bus, which is cheaper, but takes around 1 hour and 55 minutes (not including waiting times) and requires you to take two different buses.

How long is the transfer from Zadar airport to Novalja?

Novalja is located approximately 90 km from Zadar Airport. The transfer from Zadar airport to Novalja takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes by airport taxi, making it the fastest option to reach the town.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Zadar airport to Novalja?

An airport transfer from Zadar to Novalja costs approximately €135 (HRK 1.016) for a standard sedan vehicle. However, there are no set taxi fares in Zadar so make sure that you agree with the driver on the price before starting your journey.

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